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Photoshop Elements Tutorial: Correcting selected parts of an image in Photoshop Elements

What you’ll learn in this Photoshop Elements Tutorial:

  • Working with selections
  • Saving selections

This tutorial provides you with a foundation for working with hue adjustments in Adobe Photoshop Elements. It is the fourth lesson in the Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 Digital Classroom book.

Photoshop Elements Tutorial: Correcting selected parts of an image in Photoshop Elements

Sometimes you need to change only parts of an image. In this exercise, you will create an adjustment layer that affects only a certain color, then you’ll learn how to make selections, save them, put them on a new layer, and edit them individually.

Hue/Saturation adjustments

For this exercise, you will change a girl’s green striped shirt to blue stripes using a Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layer.

1 Press the Organizer button () at the top of the Editor workspace. This reveals the Organizer.

2 Locate and select the file named blue_stripes.jpg. You’ll adjust the color of this image using a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer. Press the arrow to the right of the Fix tab at the top of the workspace and choose Full Photo Edit from the drop-down menu.

The blue_stripes.jpg image.

3 At the bottom of the Layers panel, click the Create New Fill or Adjustment layer button () and choose Hue/Saturation from the resulting menu. The Adjustment panel is displayed with the Hue/Saturation settings.

Using Hue/Saturation, you can change colors in your images. The default is set to edit the Master, or all the colors. You can change this to any other color, and use the Eyedropper tool () to select a color, and change the hue, saturation, and lightness of that color.

4 In the Adjustment panel, choose Greens from the Edit drop-down menu and select the first eyedropper icon at the bottom of the Hue/Saturation adjustment panel. As you move the cursor over the image, you can see that the cursor is now an eyedropper. Click one of the green stripes of the girl’s shirt.

The Edit drop-down menu.

5 The Hue slider controls the color, the Saturation slider controls the amount of that color, and the Lightness slider controls the light and dark values. Move the Hue slider to approximately +124. The stripes turns blue. Have fun with this image and experiment dragging the Hue slider to different values. There is no other green in this image except for a small bow tie on the other girl’s shirt, so the rest of the image is not affected. If you are not seeing a change in the entire green area, you can refine the adjustment by dragging the sliders at the bottom of the Adjustments panel to expand or contract the color area being affected.

The image after modifying the hue and saturation.

6 Choose File > Save. In the Save As dialog box, uncheck the Save in Version Set with Original checkbox, type blue_stripes_working in the Name text field, and change the format to Photoshop. Press Save.

7 Choose File > Close. If asked to save the changes, press No.

Working with selections

In this section, you will discover how to make selections, save selections, and move selections to a new layer. You will also use blending modes and adjustment layers to fix individual parts of the image.

1 If you are still in the Editor workspace, press the Organizer button () at the top of the workspace. This reveals the Organizer.

2 Locate and select the file named hiding_out.jpg. The image is too dark in the foreground, and too light in the background. Press the arrow to the right of the Fix tab at the top of the workspace and choose Full Photo Edit from the drop-down menu.

Using the Quick Selection tool

The Quick Selection tool makes selections for you based on color and texture. You can click with this tool to make selections, or you can also click and drag to paint a selection. The selection you make doesn’t have to be exact because the Quick Selection tool automatically and intuitively creates a selection.

1 Choose the Quick Selection tool () from the Toolbox. The Quick Selection tool is based on a brush size. To change the size of the brush, you can click on the Brush picker and choose a larger or smaller brush. Click and drag over the sky and the valley up to the edges of the rocks to select the background. Press and hold the Alt key and the tool changes from select to deselect. If necessary, drag the tool and remove any unwanted areas of the selection.

The selection.

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